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DIVERGENCE (SE)
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Reviewed by: Donny Broussard

Directed by: Benny Chan

Starring:
Aaron Kwok
Ekin Cheng
Daniel Wu

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Suen, a heartbroken cop that can't forget his girlfriend who disappeared ten years ago crosses paths with a lawyer and an assassin. The lawyer's wife is a dead ringer for Suen's long lost girlfriend and the assassin just killed his star witness. If your a little confused now it only gets better.
Is it good movie?
I don't watch a lot of Asian flicks. It's not that I don't enjoy them, I just never took the time to check many of them out. So going into Divergence I was half expecting a ghostly girl with long black hair walking in that way that ghosts walk to bless the screen at least once during the flick. I know this is an action/thriller and not a horror flick, but it's what I expected. To my surprise there were no ghost girls and I really enjoyed the flick.

First off the cinematography was stellar, every shot looked beautiful and the title sequence was especially nice. I'm also a fan if multiple story lines and this flick had plenty to go around, and then some.

The fact that the director had the balls to leave many questions unanswered really impressed me. Also the music was good and helped move the flick along at a comfortable pace. The actors were spot on, Aaron Kwok who plays Suen Siu-yan , the tormented cop that has been searching for his girl friend for the last ten years leads the cast as a strong character that filters through various emotional twists during the flick. But for me Daniel Wu's portrayal of Coke, the assassin that crosses the line, stole the show. He was sharp, and his screen time was never boring (great fight sequence).

There were some slow moments that in my opinion could have been cut, but most flicks have these moments. Overall Divergence is an interesting flick.
Video / Audio
Video: The video was in crisp and beautiful anamorphic widescreen.

Audio: The audio kicked ass and was presented in DTS 5.1 surround sound.
The Extras
This was a two disc set that packed in a decent amount of stuff! Disc 1 had an interesting commentary track with director Benny Chan . Disc 2 had a Making of Featurette, Trailers, a photo gallery, a gala premiere video, and previews from other Tartan Asia Extreme releases. Not bad because most of the material was enjoyable to sit through.
Last Call
If action flicks that follow a straight forward narrative are your bag, then this flick is not for you. But on the other hand, if you don't mind a few unanswered questions, beautiful visuals, solid acting, and some interesting characters, then get this flick into your DVD player because you won't be disappointed.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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